Barbara Should Not Be Promoted
Date: Apr 24th, 2006 10:58:01 am - Subscribe

My first step is to check the online local promotion policy. According to our school district policy:

“In grades 3-5, promotion to the next grade level shall be determined by the following criteria:
1. An overall average of 70 on a scale of 100 based on course-level, grade-level standards (essential knowledge and skills) for all subject areas and a grade of 70 or above in language arts and mathematics. 2. Performance on the reading and mathematics TAKS exams must be met according to locally accepted passing standards.
3. Locally accepted passing standards considered acceptable for promotion shall be:
a. Panel recommendation performance on the TAKS reading and mathematics tests; or
b. Perfomance Level at 1 Standard Error or Measurement (1 SEM) on the TAKS reading and mathematics tests, provided the student passes the respective class and the principal and teacher recommend promotion."

It seems strange to me that the secretary would be pulling Barbara’s files and looking at her grades without consulting me first. If the secretary is very professional, this could be good. If she were trying to solve the problem herself, this would be another issue I would need to deal with. Also, I would like to know if Mrs. Marshall has been talking to the teacher about Barbara’s grades throughout the year, or if she just waited until the end of the year to ask the secretary about this.

I think the first thing I would do is call the teacher, Vicki, and find out what kind of communication she had with Mrs. Marshall regarding Barbara’s grades throughout the year. I would want to see Barbara’s TAKS scores also.

If Barbara has met the requirements for promotion, then I would meet with Mrs. Marshall and Vicki together and see if we could find out what Mrs. Marshall’s concerns are and come up with the best solution for Barbara. If there is still room available in summer school, then that might be the best way for Barbara to keep up with her work and continue on to the next grade.

If Barbara has not met the standards, I would want to know why she was promoted. I would want to do whatever we could to make sure this didn’t happen again. I would still want to see if we could get her into summer school. I would find out what we would need to do to follow our policy and keep her in the same grade, if that was what was needed. If retention is needed, then we also might need to do some testing to see if Barbara is having some issue that we need to help her with to help her succeed.
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